Matlock Town have confirmed that joint-managers Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins have left the club.
A below-par run of results sees the Gladiators 22nd in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table and a club announcement says the decision was made by mutual consent. The following statement was posted on Matlock’s website:
“It’s been a very difficult conversation for us, but football is a results-driven business and this season has been far from good enough. After the wonderful season that we had last year, with the incredible FA Trophy and FA Cup runs and Derbyshire Cup success, and a play-off challenge which only ended in the last week of the season, this season has been difficult with several off field hurdles which the supporters don’t always know about or appreciate.
“Kirky and I have made plenty of mistakes this season, which we will analyse, dissect and learn from. It’s been our first disappointing season in our 10 years as joint managers, but we’ve certainly learned a lot from it, and after a break to recharge our batteries, we’ll be back stronger for it.”
“Kirky and I would like to thank everybody who has supported us during our two years at the club. Not only the supporters who have been fantastic, and have continued to come in numbers, with attendances increasing by something like 40% since we joined which is incredible.”
“Also everybody else who make it such a wonderful club. The Chairman and committee, the secretary, the Groundsman, the bar girls, the gatemen, and all the volunteers who are unbelievable. We’d also like to thank Coxy, Sol and muggger, who are all great people to have in your corner.”
“We’d also like to thank the players and wish them all the best for the future. We thank you all again and look forward to seeing you all at some point.”
Matlock Town Chairman, Tom Wright, said:
“I would like to thank both Glen and Craig for their time at Matlock Town Football Club as joint managers.”
“Last season they succeeded in taking us to the late stages of several cup competitions, the final of the Derbyshire senior cup, and we finished a very respectable 9th in the table, giving our supporters one of the best seasons in recent years”
“This season we have seen mixed results, and both Glen and Craig will be the first to admit that things haven’t gone as well as expected.”
“It has been a real pleasure working with them both over the past two years, and I know my colleagues on the management committee would like to wish them all the very best of luck for the future.”